Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 8 August 2008 at 20:20.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2008 after 6 days on 16 August 2008 at 21:16.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 106 of Meeus index or 1059 from Brown series.
Length of current 106 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 107 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 20:18, this is 11 days after last perigee on 29 July 2008 at 23:24 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 404 558 km (251 381 mi) away from Earth. It is 850 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 151 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its descending node on 2 August 2008 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 29 July 2008 at 06:17 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.598°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.611° in the next southern standstill on 11 August 2008 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 16 August 2008 at 21:16 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.